Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 22, 2016

Risk Tolerance

I am almost done prepping Practical Discipleship that Multiplies. What a journey it’s been already! I love this quote from one of the textbooks:

“Everyone has a built-in `risk index’ that’s somewhere between 0 and 1.0,” Herman Cain, CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, told the 1997 annual conference of the League of Nebraska Municipalities. “Only you can determine how much risk you’re willing to take-not only in your job, but also in your daily life. If your risk index is 0, you’re afraid to get out of bed in the morning for fear there might not be a floor there. But if your risk index is 1.0, you’ll jump out of an airplane plane without a parachute, knowing you’re going to find one before you hit the ground! There aren’t too many people with a risk index of 1.0, but good leaders need risk indexes that are `north of 0.5.”‘

Bill Thrall;Bruce McNicol;Ken McElrath. The Ascent of a Leader: How Ordinary Relationships Develop Extraordinary Character and InfluenceA Leadership Network Publication (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) (Kindle Locations 1599-1603). Kindle Edition.

I used to be on the timid side but tried hard to hide it. I wonder how many opportunities I missed just because I could not justify the risk to go after it. God created each one of us for a grand purpose–Grand in His eyes even if not in ours. He thinks the world of each one of us and wants us so to experience all He has prepared for us.

Raising support to go to Japan as a church planter dulled my fears some and I met some of the coolest people. The experience probably moved my “risk index” from 0.2 to 0.4 or so. But God wasn’t done with me yet! The first time I was asked to preach in Japanese created some anxiety. But the time came and went and believe it or not, I could see that God had worked through it. That was enough to move my “risk index” from where it was (definitely well below 0.5) to over 0.5, I’m sure. As I’ve learned to submit to the Lord’s Refiner’s fire and follow him into some pretty interesting places, he’s raised my “risk index” even more. I don’t know how far, but talking to crowds of thousands doesn’t bother me now. I know He’s there and he will accomplish what he wants to. I just love that He lets me participate!

I sincerely believe every leader should read Ascent of a Leader.


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